3/18/2016

March 18 is Awkward Moments Day

This post originally appeared on our sister site. Worldwide Weird Holidays. It seems like a good fit for Magick Sandwich readers, too. We hope you'll enjoy it! (Feel free to share your own awkward moments in the Comments Section!)
awkward moments
is for Awkward

awkward

adjective US /ˈɔk·wərd/ 1. difficult to use, do, or deal with: The computer came in a big box that was awkward to carry. 2. causing inconvenience, anxiety, or embarrassment: It was an awkward situation, because the restaurant was too expensive for us but we didn’t want to just get up and walk out. 3. Someone who feels awkward feels embarrassed or nervous: We were the first to arrive at the party and felt a little awkward. 4. lacking grace or skill when moving: He’s too awkward – he’ll never be a good dancer. (Definition from Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
hear pronunciation Warning: If you decide to listen to this  audio clip at the office, be warned that it is automatically followed by pronunciation of the word "pedophile." That will not be easy to explain to Human Resources.

In honor of Awkward Moments Day, we'd like to offer a few examples of instances when you would gladly teleport onto the face of the sun to get away from the situation in which you find yourself.

You meet your boyfriend's parents and, in the middle of dinner, realize you have a need to defecate that will not be denied. You excuse yourself to use their bathroom. When you finish, the toilet won't flush. Panic-stricken, you flush again. The toilet overflows.

You keep telling your parents about a favorite show you're sure they'll love. When they visit, you queue it up on Netflix. Unfortunately, you forgot about the nudity and "sexposition"--when boring plot points are discussed while two or more people enjoy each other's earthly wares. You might call it Game of Thrones Syndrome when you're ready to laugh about it a decade from now. But most likely, never
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You're on your way out when a neighbor gets on the elevator with you. You say hi and then stare at the door as if it's so interesting it should be hanging in an art gallery. You purposely lag behind when getting off on the first floor, but she holds the front door open so you have to break into a half-jog to catch up. You say "thanks," she says, "you're welcome," and turns away. You realize you're going in the same direction.

After everyone else leaves and the boss is gone, you blast rap music through the office's stereo system. The doorbell rings and you buzz the person in, figuring it's a late delivery. But it's a prospective client who's stopped by to pick up information just as a song kicks in with, "Hey, m*f*, hey, m*f*, yo!" You scramble to turn it off, then pretend nothing happened, desperate that he do the same. After a minute that feels like an hour, he turns around and leaves.

Your debit card is rejected after the cashier has rung up a huge load of groceries. You start to sweat as you ask her to try again, stammering about how it must be a mistake, that you checked your balance just hours before. You try to ignore her facial expression as she puts your bags aside so you can run to the store's ATM. Once there, you realize it's not a mistake, and you can either go back, remove items and split payment between cash and the card...or run away and never shop there again.

You're wheeling a cart stuffed with dirty clothes to the laundromat. As you cross the street, you see a cute guy walking toward you. You think he might be looking at you; you're not interested but, still, it's nice to be noticed. The cart abruptly halts as the wheels catch on the edge of the curb, and you walk into it, bashing your shins and falling over it as it tips over, spilling your underwear out onto the ground as the guy passes by. He never breaks stride
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Have a happy Awkward Moments Day!

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12/07/2015

The Mother Lode of Stupid Baby Names


Bad Baby Names


As we wait with bated breath to learn the name Kim Kardashian and Kanye West choose for North West's little brother (because nothing else is going on in the world), let Magick Sandwich entertain you with its nearly comprehensive yet thoroughly incomprehensible list of bad baby names and the sadists who came up with them.
 

Repeat Offenders


Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson named their daughter Maxwell Drew in honor of his dad's middle name and Jessica's mom's middle name, respectively. Son Ace Knute was born 20 months later in 2013. He was named Knute after Eric's grandfather and Ace after, what? A bandage? Frehley? The Red Baron?

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale named their youngest son Apollo Bowie Flynn after their mothers' maiden names. Since their other sons, Zuma Nesta Rock and Kingston James McGregor, were named for Stefani and Rossdale's favorite places, can we assume they took a secret trip to the moon between tours? (Maybe that's what split them up--it sucked all the oxygen out of their relationship.)

Soleil Moon Frye and Jason Goldberg have a son, Lyric Sonny Roads, and two daughters, Poet Sienna Rose and Jagger Joseph Blue, names that remind us of ice cream, crayons and paint chips, not necessarily in that order.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin named their son Moses for a song he wrote for Coldplay and daughter Apple because it sounded "lovely and clean," not because they were on a fruit cleanse or illegally downloading better music onto their iPods. If only their kids could consciously uncouple from their names.
 

Girls


Jay-Z and Beyoncé liked Blue Ivy, the name they chose for their daughter, so much that they tried to have it trademarked. It had already been taken by a Boston wedding planner. Isn't there a site they could have checked first? Yes--Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), in case you ever need it.

Alicia Keys and Swiss Beatz named their daughter Egypt in honor of a life-changing trip. Thank goodness it wasn't to Bayonne.

Holly Madison, previously one of "The Girls Next Door" known for letting Hugh Hefner play with her lady parts, named her daughter (with Pasquale Rotella, not Hef) Rainbow Aurora. Warm up the stripper pole. Was Inflamed Herpes Sore already taken?

According to Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, they decided to name their daughter Wyatt after coming up with it at a Lakers game. Anything would be preferable to actually watching a Lakers game.

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard named their daughter Lincoln Bell and claimed it had nothing to do with our sixteenth president. Instead, she was named after Shepard's first car. If so, it's a good thing it wasn't a Gremlin. Then they'd have to explain their kid had nothing to do with a certain beloved movie franchise from the 1980s.

Why did Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik name their daughter Elsie Otter? Zoey explained on the Today Show, "We just really liked the name Elsie and then we both love otters. They're very sweet, and they're also smart."

Otters are vicious carnivores. Narwhals are cute. Everybody knows that.


At least Elsie is a recognizable name. Blake Anderson named his daughter Mars Ilah. Mars. Ilah. Lorenzo Lamas named his daughter Press. That isn't even a proper name, is it? Garlic, cider, permanent: those are presses. 

Rob Morrow named his daughter Tu. Tu Morrow. What a dick

Other questionable girl's names include Arlo Lemoyne Yoko (Johnny Knoxville); Romy Hero (Sam Taylor-Wood); Royal Reign (L'il Kim); Pilot Inspektor (Jason Lee); Moxie Crimefighter (Penn Jillette); Maxwell Lue (Lindsay Sloane); Autumn James (Jennifer Love Hewitt); Harper (Tiffani Amber-Thiessen); Harper Seven (Victoria Beckham); and James (Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds).
 

Boys


Musicians Ciara and Future named their son Future. It's too bad his dad's given name is Nayvadius Wilburn. Otherwise, he could be called Future II and that would put us in mind of another beloved movie franchise of the 1980s.

It should come as no shock that Jenelle Evans of "16 and Pregnant" gave birth to son Jace Vahn when she was sixteen. Last year, she had another son and named him Kaiser Orion.

Kaiser joins Banjo (Rachel Griffiths); Kal-El (Nicolas Cage); Bodhi Ransom (Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green); Kase Townes (Jewel and Ty Murray); Meredith Daniel (Jay Mohr), Sundance (Kerri Walsh); Bear Blaze (Kate Winslet); Bear Blu (Alicia Silverstone); Axl Jack (Fergie); Kroy (Kim Zolciak); Zolten (Jillette again); Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz (Beckham again).
 

Double Winners


Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon occupy a category unto themselves: first-timers guilty of multiple offenses after the birth of their twins. They named their girl Monroe after Mariah's idol, Marilyn Monroe. What inspired them to name their son Moroccan? He's named after the décor in one of Mariah's favorite rooms of her $9 million penthouse in New York.

It gets weirder. Cannon bragged that Mariah insisted her Madison Square Garden performance of Fantasy be played during labor, so the twins emerged to the sound of applause.
 

The Stupid Baby Name Award goes to...


Jeremy Sisto and Addie Layne, who named their daughter Charlie-Ballerina in 2009. They wanted to call her Charlie Kyd, but David Duchovny had already used Kyd for his son. So when their son was born in 2012, they named him Bastian Kick. They reasoned that Kick was close to Kyd and, according to Sisto, “He felt like a ‘B’ somehow … and we went for the B’s,” What, he didn't deserve a hyphen?

Congratulations,  Moms and Dads! You suck. Luckily, you can afford the therapy your children will require for the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder they will experience after suffering through their childhoods saddled with names so stupid, fruit flies would kill themselves to avoid a lifetime of embarrassment...and they only live a few weeks.

Kids, you can change your name! If you want to mess with your parents' heads, switch to something even crazier. May we suggest Glyph, Magma, Subvert, Irony, Periodic Table or ellemenopee?

More crazy names:
Stupid Baby Names Generator, or Zuma Nesta Rock Paper Scissors: Home Edition
Stupid Baby Names, Part Duh
Still More Stupid Baby Names

10/15/2015

October 15 is Global Handwashing Day

The following piece was originally published on Worldwide Weird Holidays. It seemed like a good fit for the Sandwich as well. I hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.
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October 15 is Global Handwashing Day

global handwashing day

We know, we know: eww! When it comes to that ill-advised hot dog wolfed at a highway rest stop, we are all Mulder: we want to believe. That counter's clean, the food freshly prepared by people who treat every day as handwashing day. So this must be one of those silly made-up holidays. Right? Why are we still talking about this?

Global Handwashing Day was founded in 2008 by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing to raise awareness of how proper hygiene can prevent disease transmitted by hand.  Here's a tweet promoting the holiday and graphic embedded in it.

Why #GlobalHandwashingDay? B/C 1 trillion germs can live in 1 gram of poop (abt weight of a paper clip)! http://bit.ly/1JUaOrD


global handwashing feces facts


Wait a second. The numbers don't match in the tweet and its graphic. Although I think we can all agree that either number is unsettling, we feel it's our duty to get to the bottom of this. Who knew that researching this would end up in such a dark place?

Okay, now that we've got our juvenile punning (mostly) out of the way, let's learn a little bit about the strangers in our poop. According to a study cited by the Centers for Disease Control, a gram of feces can contain a total of 1 trillion germs. So the tweet is right. Reporting of the number of viruses and bacteria, however, varies wildly. You might want to take our word for it. The Google search alone will make you want to douse yourself in hand sanitizer (which, by the way, isn't as effective as you might think.)

Now that you've got a face full of feces facts, here's a dollop more. A German site called my.microbes aims to be the first social network to connect members with similar microbial profiles to "share experiences, remedies, health and diet tips." Watch out, Match.com!

If you've got your mind on your manure and your manure on your mind, track your output with the PoopLog app. According to the developer, he updated it to include the ability to attach photos because "it is the most requested feature from my users." PoopLog allows you to track your bowel movements using the Bristol Stool Scale.

The Bristol Scale was devised in England and is very, well, descriptive. Click here to view it but maybe not when you're eating sausage. We're not showing it here because we don't want to support poop porn. We will show you this enthusiastic review of PoopLog, though:

pooplog review

Leland, we wish you the best in your turd analysis. Perhaps Places I've Pooped would be a valuable app for you, too. Just a quick word of advice: turn off the flash when you take a shelfie™* in a public place, which we fervently hope is a restroom. The uninformed might frown on you taking a photo of what came from your posterior for posterity.

Now, if you'll excuse us, we're going to go wash our hands. We may never stop.



*sh-- + selfie: don't make us spell this out